Get Your Popcorn Out, It's Time To Watch Alex Jones Make An Even Bigger Fool Of Himself Than Usual!
Alex Jones is not having a good week. Word on the street is he might be getting kicked off of Instagram -- one of the last social media sites that will have him -- for posting anti-Semitic content, and just yesterday, the Huffington Post published 4 excruciatingly humiliating hours of Jones making an ass of himself in a deposition hearing.
Jones is currently being sued by several Sandy Hook families for his very large part in pushing the theory that the shooting was a massive hoax created for the purpose of taking people's guns away.
In the four hour long deposition, Mark Bankston, the attorney representing Sandy Hook parent Scarlett Lewis, mercilessly grills Jones on where he got his information. He shows video after video of Jones saying things that were not true along with evidence showing that information proving they weren't true was available at the time of broadcast. It is brutal and extremely enjoyable.
Let's watch, shall we? (At least some of it, anyway):
Alex Jones / Sandy Hook Video Deposition, Part I www.youtube.com
Alex Jones / Sandy Hook Video Deposition, Part II www.youtube.com
Ever the conspiracy theorist, Jones spends at least half of the deposition claiming that every one of the videos of him talking was "deceptively edited" somehow and that he couldn't even figure out what he was talking about due to this editing. He and his lawyer, who repeatedly yells "Objection, form!" throughout the whole thing. It's fascinating to watch. This level of scrutiny is a whole new world for Jones, who is used to being able to just say whatever he wants for four hours a day without anyone there to refute him or point out that he is wrong.
One of the more fascinating bits of the deposition involves Bankston asking him about the "deep research" he claimed to do into Sandy Hook.
Bankston: Mr. Jones, I've noticed on a lot of these answers you've said, "Well, I'm just going off what Mr. Halbig said." So what I want to know is: When you talked earlier about you did deep research, what was that? What deep research did you do?
Jones: Well, I mean, I did look at the news articles saying they were being very secretive about the case, that a lot of things were sealed, which is unusual.There were lawsuits involved with that, and I did do research on Bloomberg putting out an e-mail the day before saying, "Get ready. There's going to be a big event," you know, just straight up, people waiting around for mass shootings or whatever. And just the way the media made a spectacle out of it right away is what really made me question. That scene like with the WMDs or babies in the incubators, I just saw the media so on it, so ready; and I thought that added credibility to it.
If you're at all familiar with Jones' schtick, he talks a lot about how much "research" he does and how very good he is at "research." It's his whole thing. And then he encourages his viewers to do their own "research" -- which, to them, lends his professed "research" an air of credibility. Why would he tell us to go out and do our own research if he were lying?, they think, because they are idiots.
But this is not "deep research." I did more "research" than this trying to buy a new hairdryer the other day. As Bankston swiftly points out, that email from Bloomberg never even really happened -- which means it was probably a difficult thing to "research."
Also, during the deposition, Jones claims that the reason he believed Sandy Hook was a hoax was because he was in the throes of a psychosis brought on by "the media" lying to him about stuff.
Alex Jones claims psychosis made him believe Sandy Hook was staged www.youtube.com
Bankston: Okay, Mr. Jones. You would agree with me that when some damage happens, when you break something, when you cause something to be lost, when you hurt somebody, whether it's intentional or whether it's a mistake, there's consequences for that, right? People should be accountable for the people they hurt?
Jones: Well, sometimes people claim they've been hurt when they haven't been. So you have to look at the agenda behind things. ...
And I, myself, have almost had like a form of psychosis back in the past where I basically thought everything was staged, even though I'm now learning a lot of times things aren't staged. So I think, as a pundit, someone giving an opinion, that, you know, my opinions have been wrong; but they were never wrong consciously to hurt people.
Bankston: You said false things about Sandy Hook because it was psychosis?
Jones: Well, I'm just saying that the trauma of the media and the corporations lying so much, then everything begins ― you don't trust anything anymore, kind of like a child whose parents lie to them over and over again, well, pretty soon they don't know what reality is.
Then perhaps -- just perhaps -- he ought to consider getting mental help instead of spending his days posting racist and anti-Semitic shit on Instagram. Perhaps he should say to himself Gee, if I am the kind of person who gets psychotic and then says harmful and untrue things that ruin peoples lives, maybe this is not the right job for me and I should find another line of work.
Alas, he is about as likely to come to that conclusion as he is to draw a correct conclusion on anything else. Which is to say, not very likely at all. That being said, it's nice to see him finally being held accountable for his bullshit, and it'll be even nicer if the Sandy Hook families win their lawsuit against him.
And now, friends, this is your open thread! Enjoy!
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